Chemistry, Chemistry - Biochemistry, Chemistry - Organic, Chemistry - Water
4 Year Degree
The principal function of an employee in this class is to perform highly technical chemical and bacteriological testing of industrial waste and other discharges and/or treated water. The work is performed under the supervision and direction of the Laboratory Supervisor but considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. The nature of the work performed requires that an employee in this class establish and maintain effective working relationships with commercial and industrial representatives, government officials, other City employees and the public. The principal duties of this class are performed in a laboratory environment with some responsibilities in an outdoor work environment to collect samples and perform related tasks.
Collects daily samples from industrial discharges, rivers and streams, wastewater treatment plant processes and water treatment plant processes;
Performs routine chemical, physical, bacteriological and biological tests on wastewater and water samples;
Performs testing for pH, nitrate, ammonia, biochemical and chemical oxygen demand, oil and grease, suspended solids, fecal coliform, heavy metals, conductivity, turbidity, total chlorine and chlorine dioxide, fluoride, calcium and total hardness and other tests as required by Federal, State and local statutes, rules, regulations and guidelines;
Maintains quality assurance and control and sample integrity;
Interprets, records and prepares daily reports of test results, and maintains chain of custody, field log books, and monthly sampling schedules;
Performs industrial pretreatment analyses, forensic reagent preparation, and other tasks as requested by commercial or industrial representatives or other City departments;
Explains correct sampling procedures and any needed modifications to commercial/industrial representatives;
Prepares reagents and samples for laboratory analyses;
Adheres to strict safety guidelines in handling samples and entering confined spaces;
Operates, calibrates and performs routine maintenance on simple and specialized laboratory and field sampling equipment;
Responds to citizens' questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;
Provides training, guidance and technical advice to Operators and other City employees;
Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications to remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in the field;
Performs other duties consistent with the role and function of this class.
Internal Number: 00246-01
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